Some groups finished early giving them extra time to practice their aim and trajectory using miniature pom-poms. Other groups really needed all of the allotted time to perfect their machines using the hot-glue-gun and duct tape. The teams were aware that they would be competing in two different categories: distance, and accuracy, using the district competition rules that some already discovered earlier this year. A target (and different colored mini-pompoms for each team) would be used to determine accuracy.
Finally the time came for the battle of the marshmallow flinging machines. The students all gathered around the double doors to the Media Center in the hallway with their miniature catapults to put their design skills to the test. Each team was allowed five launches, each for distance, and for accuracy. Marshmallows were launched first. The Victorians were victorious in the first round, with Team Science and Technology following up behind them.
|Engineering by Design teams gathered for the final showdown|
of engineering design wit and skill
Team Science and Technology won the accuracy round with 15 points, while The Engineers placed second with 10 points. All teams enjoyed a handful of miniature marshmallows for their efforts.